Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2008-09-20 21:38
"A security failure at the BBC has allowed fraudsters to access thousands of people's personal details."
Yet another data-loss story -- but hold on a minute...
"A BBC spokeswoman said: "As a result of an administrative error, spam mail received by the BBC was accidentally sent out to subscribers of the Electric Proms mailing list.""
""We apologise for this mistake and have contacted everyone on the list to explain the situation. We wish to assure all subscribers that no details have been passed on to third party companies and all the data held on our systems is completely secure.""
So what in fact happened here is that someone forgot to turn on moderation on a mailing list, and some spam got through.
Which is absolutely not news at all, and makes the subhead of the story a complete load of rubbish.
And why they consulted an "identity fraud analyst" -- who clearly doesn't have a clue, from his answer -- is not obvious.
Oh, wait, yes, it is.
Once again, a technical news story has been covered by someone who doesn't know the first thing about it.
This kind of scaremongering helps nobody.